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Sterling Silver & PVC Bracelet -
black PVC cording complements Sterling silver beads perfectly in
this contemporary bracelet project from EJR Beads. This
Italian PVC cording is made specifically for jewellery making and does not rot
or degrade like leather and rubber alternatives. Here we use
square cording, but round versions are also available in a variety of diameters. Find the cording,
beads and clasp in the EJR Beads
online store or
substitute with your own materials.
This bracelet is not difficult to make. The project is rated "intermediate"
simply because it assumes a knowledge of making wrapped loops in wire. However,
wrapped loops are shown in detail in the previous "Holographic Foil
Earrings" project if you need to refresh your memory.
Cut 8 lengths of PVC cording, each 4 cm
long. You can use scissors or wire cutters to cut the PVC, just be sure to
cut the edges flat for a neat finish. It's best to cut the first section
against a ruler to the correct length and simply measure against that piece
when cutting the subsequent ones
Using a safety pin, pierce a
threading hole at both ends of each PVC section. For strength, make sure the hole
least 1 -2 mm from the cut edge and take care to not stab your fingers!
This bracelet is built from 4
repeating sections threaded on to sterling silver wire. Cut a length of
wire, 30 cm long. To start the first section, thread a PVC piece
on to the wire. You may find it easier to hold the wire tightly
with some pliers as you encourage it through the hole in the PVC.
Next, thread on one of the daisy
beads followed by a 9 mm round bead and another daisy. Before threading the
wire through the other hole in the first PVC piece, thread on the next PVC
piece and follow that with another daisy bead.
Thread the wire through the other hole
in the first PVC piece. Follow this will another daisy bead, a silver Paddle bead and another daisy.
Complete the first section by
threading the wire through the other hole in the second PVC piece and
finally threading on another daisy bead.
Create four more identical sections.
Try the bracelet against your wrist, and taking into account the length of
the clasp, add however many daisy beads needed to lengthen the bracelet for
a comfortable fit. Finally form a wrapped loop in the wire at each end and attach the
As you can see, you can create a variety
of shapes and designs with the PVC cording.
Don't forget - if you make your own PVC
bracelets, I would love to see them and maybe feature them in the
Gallery! Just email me for submission details.
All Text & Images © Emma Ralph
2005. May not be printed, distributed or reproduced electronically without
the author's written permission.